Darius Rucker: Arrested in Tennessee for Drug Possession

Who is Darius Rucker?

Darius Rucker is an American musician known for his roles as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, as well as for his successful solo country music career. He gained prominence in the 1990s with Hootie & the Blowfish and later transitioned to country music in the 2000s. He has released several solo albums in the country genre and has achieved significant success with hits like “Wagon Wheel” and “Alright.”

Personal Life

Darius Rucker was born on May 13, 1966, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He was raised by his mother, Carolyn, and was the youngest of five siblings. Rucker has been married twice. He married his first wife, Beth Leonard, in 2000, and they have two children together, a son and a daughter. The couple divorced in 2020 after 20 years of marriage. Rucker is known to be a passionate sports fan, particularly of the Miami Dolphins football team. He is also involved in various philanthropic activities, including supporting education and children’s causes. Rucker is a dedicated golfer and has participated in numerous charity golf tournaments. He has been open about his struggles with alcohol addiction in the past and has been sober since 1992. Rucker is also known for his love of cooking and often shares recipes and cooking tips with his fans. He remains an influential figure in both the music industry and his community, balancing his career with his interests and commitments.

Drug possession

According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Darius Rucker, the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish and a country music singer, was arrested in Tennessee on Thursday.

According to Lt. Becky Coyle of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Rucker was arrested in Franklin by law enforcement officers and charged with simple possession/casual exchange and violation of registration law.

As per an arrest affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate WZTV on Friday, the arrest on the previous day stemmed from a drug possession incident that occurred in February 2023. Franklin Police stated that on February 19, 2023, they stopped Rucker for driving with an expired license plate, as detailed in the affidavit of complaint.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Franklin Police reported that on February 19, 2023, they conducted a traffic stop on Rucker due to an expired license plate.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected a strong smell of marijuana emanating from it. Rucker denied smoking marijuana that night but admitted to smoking it in the vehicle the previous day.

Subsequently, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a bag containing 14 unstamped purple pills in a jar and a THC pen. Rucker claimed that his girlfriend had given him the pills and pen but expressed uncertainty about the nature of the pills.

Before the officer conducted a pat down, Rucker handed the officer a marijuana blunt, the affidavit says. According to the affidavit, Rucker was released that night with no pending charges while awaiting identification of the pills. The officer subsequently submitted the pills to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The results from TBI later confirmed that the pills were Psilocybin, classified as a “schedule I” controlled substance.

According to the documents, a warrant for Rucker’s arrest was issued in December 2023. Subsequently, Rucker was arrested on Thursday and later released on a $10,500 bond.

Reporters have contacted the Franklin Police to inquire about the reasons for the delay in the arrest. Rucker, a three-time Grammy winner, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.

According to a statement provided to reporters by Rucker’s attorney Mark Puryear, “Darius Rucker is actively cooperating with authorities concerning misdemeanor charges.”


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